Simple Aromatherapy Eye Oil
The skin under the eyes is delicate, it is thin and prone to showing early signs of aging. For those with sensitive skin this is particularly true. One item at a time, I have been working towards replacing each of the skin care items that i use with home made Aromatherapy versions. It is a cost saving effort but it is also a reconfirmation of my Aromatherapy studies and training that I completed in my very early 20’s. Now that I am (let’s just say) way past my 20’s and have a different skin,a much busier lifestyle, 2 children and generally a lack of sleep.
I have made hand creams, scrubs and foot balms as well as body moisturizers. Skin care for the face is much more personal. I have been experimenting with things for me I have been loathe to share them as it is most certainly NOT a one thing fits all. This silky eye oil feels luxurious as you apply it to the skin. It is not heavy on the skin. The oils are specifically chosen for their rejuvenating properties on delicate sensitive skin.
I am enjoying a return to the “basics”. Over the last 4 years I have been focused on the food my family eats. I have been progressively making more and more of our food from scratch on a regular basis. The thing that I love most about that is that when you make it yourself you are in control of the quality of the ingredients. In today’s world those things that are left out can be more important than what is left in. I firmly believe that along with what you put into your body (food) there is also value in understanding and having control over what you also put onto your skin. I personally do not wish to add unnecessary, harsh, chemical compounds to my skin. I believe that nature ingeniously created the original versions. I talk about Rose essential oil below, it is a prime example of a naturally derived, valuable product that has suffered an extreme level of adulteration. The reproductions can never measure up to nature’s precious version.
- 8 ml Sweet Almond Oil
- 1 ml Evening Primrose Oil
- 10 drops Rosehip Oil
- 1 drop Rose essential oil (2.5% dilution in jojoba)
- 1 drop Carrot Seed essential oil
- Add the ingredients to a clear sterile bottle or jar and shake to combine
- Apply to clean skin morning and night.
|Almond Oil||Suitable for all skin types especially dry skin, after sun care. It is rich in protein|
|Evening Primrose Oil||Excellent for very sensitive and irritated skin, including dry skin|
|Rosehip Oil||Regenerative, healing for scars and irritated skin|
|Rose Oil (2.5%)||Calming for irritated skin, dry sensitive skin, regeneration of new cells|
|Carrot Seed oil||Protective, nourishing and healing. This oil tightens, revitalises and rejuvenates|
Rose essential oil is the world’s most expensive essential oil. It is most often sold as a dilution so that it is affordable to purchase. A 3 ml bottle of Rose Otto essential oil retails at this point in time for around $244, with an organic version jumping to $391! Rose absolute is solvent extracted, it is extracted with an alcohol. Rose Otto is generally distilled or extracted by an enfleurage process. An enfleurage is less commonly used now days but it involves extracting the oil from the plant by covering it in a fat. This fat is traditionally then removed using a solvent so distilled Rose oil is the ultimate product to seek out. Rose absolute is not recommended for use in this recipe.
As a result of the high cost to extract oil from the petals of a rose it is the world’s most valued and also most adulterated oil. As a result it is critical to find a supplier you trust to provide a pure oil, particularly for use around the eyes. Do not use a rose oil of poor quality (or a fragrance oil) around your eyes.
*** If you are have ANY doubt, leave out the rose oil from this recipe. Carrot seed oil is an amazing oil and this recipe will work well with it as the only included essential oil. You do not want to add unnecessary ingredients to a product that works on this delicate area.
The skin around the eye is sensitive. This recipe includes naturally sourced ingredients, despite this it is still possible for one or more ingredients to be unsuitable for some individuals. If you experience any reaction or discomfort (as with any product, or food) you should discontinue use immediately.
Essential oils are highly concentrated, at approximately 70 times stronger than the plant that they came from. They should only be used as directed, or upon the advice of a trained practitioner. Essential oils must be stored out of reach of children. This recipe is provided for educational purposes. It should not be considered as health advice.
- Complete Aromatherapy Handbook, Suzanne Fischer-Rizzi, Sterling Publishing, New York, 1990
- Aromatherapy and Regenerative Skin Care, Dr Kurt Schnaubelt, Essential Therapeutics, 1991
Have you tried making your own skin care at home? I’d love to hear what you create and what you love most about it.
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